Caruso Named Medical Director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

November 10, 2011
Keene, NH

Family physician and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Associate Medical Director, Don Caruso, MD, MPH has been appointed Medical Director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (DHK) and will share leadership responsibilities with Cheshire Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer, Arthur W. Nichols.

Dr. Caruso has provided medical care to Keene area families for 20 years. He will continue to care for his patients in the department of Family Medicine. Dr. Caruso served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at D-HK from 1993-2005 and as Associate Medical Director from 2005 until his recent appointment as Medical Director. Concurrently, Dr. Caruso served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Physician Champion of Electronic Medical Records, Medical Director of Medical Home Clinical Performance, and Co-Medical Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Regional Primary Care Collaborative.

Dr. Caruso was Chair of the Vision 2020 Steering Committee committed to making Cheshire County the healthiest community in the nation by the year 2020. He is also a  frequent visitor to Haiti and leader of a medical team that provides care to some of the most disadvantaged and medically underserved people in the Western hemisphere.

Dr. Caruso received national recognition in 2003 as the Microsoft Physician of the Year for the implementation methodology he developed and used at D-HK for installing Allscripts electronic medical record technology into a multi-specialty physician group practice. The outcome of his work resulted in significantly enhanced workflow design for improvement of quality and staff efficiency.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Dr. Caruso also cared for patients and served as Medical Director of Harrington Family Health Center in Harrington, Maine from 1987-1991.

Arthur W. Nichols, Cheshire Medical Center President and CEO said of Dr. Caruso, "I look forward to working closely with Dr. Caruso.  He is a tremendous advocate for our patients and is a New England leader in primary care.  His understanding of both primary and specialty medicine will be crucial as we enter this very pivotal period of change in our national and local healthcare systems."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO James N. Weinstein, MD, said: "Don has been an energetic and committed leader in our efforts to improve population health and in particular, the delivery of primary care in our region. He was one of the inaugural recipients for a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Trustee Scholarship to participate in the graduate programs at The Dartmouth Institute (TDI). He is also a valued member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock team within the High Value Health Care Collaborative, our partnership with Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain, Denver Health, and TDI to improve health care and lower costs nationally. Don is a great choice for this important role and I look forward to working with him and Art Nichols on our continued efforts in the Keene community."

Dr. Caruso received his doctorate in medicine at New York Medical College and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency program. He earned his Master's degree in Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute in June, 2011. Dr. Caruso is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Academy of Physician Executives. He lives in Roxbury, NH with his wife Nancy Johnson, MD.

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